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The lake of Kastoria is the most precious treasure of the town. It is a jewel that both the visitors and the inhabitants can enjoy, as a place of recreation and as a stimulus for romanticism and reminiscence.

Lake Orestida of Kastoria is considered morphologically the most beautiful lake of Greece and has been announced a "Monument of Natural Beauty " by the Ministry of Culture.

The natural basin of the lake, which is enclosed by mountains of excellent geomorphology, constitutes a unique hydrobiotope. It is a hydrotope of great importance for the aquatic but also for the birds of prey and is an area of reproduction, nourishment and hibernation for all wildlife in the area.

The city itself takes its name after the native beavers, which in Greek they are called "Kastores".

The lake includes other rare and menaced species. More specifically, one can see Pygmy Cormorants, White Pelicans, Dalmatian Pelicans, Great White Ergets, Glossy Ibis, Goosanders, Marsh Harriers, Whiskered Terns, etc. And of course a number of different species of duck.

In the photo a pair of them are taking their afternoon strol in search of food.

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